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  • Nico and The Faction - Camera Obscura
  • 1. Camera Obscura
    2. Tananore
    3. Win a Few
    4. My Funny Valentine
    5. Das Lied vom einsamen Mädchen
    6. Fearfully in Danger
    7. My Heart Is Empty
    8. Into the Arena
    9. König


Camera Obscura

Beggars Banquet
Released 15 June 1985

Camera Obscura is legendary performer Nico's final studio album. It was produced by John Cale and features the backing band The Faction. It if it does not sound positively comfortable - listening to Nico remains a cathartic, solitary experience - it's at least less despairing than its predecessors.

TROUSER PRESS: Joined by two sidemen and Cale as producer, Nico made the odd but exciting Camera Obscura in 1985. This modernization program includes both the nearly vocal-less title track's meandering semi-random improvisation and an attractively somber version of "My Funny Valentine," with stops in between for fascinating blends of Nico's unique singing and post-noise industrial music.